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Luke Wolagiewicz December 11, 2009

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in South Africa.

Ponte City Johannesburg, South Africa

Luke Wolagiewicz (b. 1979, Poland) studied photography (BA) at the Institute of Creative Photography, Silesian University in Opava, Czech Republic. His work has been published in Newsweek, The Times, USA Today, The New York Times, The Financial Times, Le Figaro Magazine, The Economist, LA Times, Stern, Der Spiegel, Mare and Eight magazine, among others. Wolagiewicz has worked across Africa, Middle East, Asia and Europe, focusing his attention on contemporary political and social issues. He is currently based in London.

About the Photograph:

“Ponte City in Johannesburg is one of southern hemisphere’s tallest residential buildings. Located in the heart of Hillbrow (today a notorious crime-ridden part of downtown Central Business District), Ponte was developed as a high-class living location but its fortunes changed drastically over time. During the 1980s and 90s, a time of the Apartheid collapse, and the subsequent demise of the Central Business District, both Ponte and its surrounding areas became exceptionally dangerous places, run by hardened criminals and ruthless drug dealers. This photo was taken in the ground floor cafeteria. The new building management team has started to improve security and services, but most public access areas and recreation facilities still remain scarce and neglected.”

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